May 12, 2022

How to Check Your Chromebook’s Hardware Specs and Model Version

Knowing your Chromebook’s hardware specs is essential when you need to know if your device is compatible with certain software or can handle certain tasks. When shopping for a Chromebook, you should first look at its hardware specifications or simply “Specifications”. These are usually listed on the product pages or on the online store you are shopping on or on the supplier’s product website.

Using your product provider’s website

For example, I own a Galaxy Chromebook Go. So naturally you’d expect the specs for this device to be found on Samsung’s website and indeed they are. You can either Google your Chromebook model and click on the result that links to your provider’s website, or you can simply visit your provider’s site and search for your exact Chromebook model.

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The specifications of my Galaxy Chromebook Go can be found on the product page on the Samsung website. This is by far the most reliable and accurate way to check your Chromebook’s specs.

Galaxy Chromebook Go specs on Samsung’s product page

Using the product details section of the online store

But believe it or not, sometimes you won’t find your Chromebook model listed on your vendor’s website. This could be because the model has been discontinued, the product page has moved, or for some unknown reason better known to the vendor. In this case, you can rely on the product page of the online store where you purchased the device.

I bought my Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go from Amazon, which has a reputation for posting detailed product details. I had the $299 WiFi version, but it’s currently $249 instead. When you click on more product details at the end of the product details summary version, you will see more information about the device you are purchasing.

Amazon Chromebook Go Product Details Section

Using ChromeOS chrome://system

If you don’t use your provider’s website or online store, the best alternative is to use Chrome OS itself. After all, you already own the Chromebook and what better way to find out than to let the operating system tell you? This method gives more technical data, but it is oriented to ordinary users.

So, to get the hardware specs of your Chromebook using the ChromeOS operating system, open the Chrome browser and type chrome://system in the address bar. You will be presented with a lot of information, but what you should be looking for is the operating system version, memory (RAM), processor model and cores, storage, display, WiFi version, Bluetooth version, IO ports (USB, microUSB, 3.5mm jack, etc).

ChromeOS About System: System diagnostic data

You can always use the Ctrl + f shortcut to quickly find what you’re looking for. For example;

  • For processor details, search cpuinfo
  • Memory or RAM search for memory_spd_info or meminfo
  • For storage and partitions, check disk_usage
  • For WiFi and other network devices, check network_device

Using the Built-in Diagnostic Tool

chrome://system is definitely not the most user-friendly even though it contains a lot of detailed information. For something brief, but more user-friendly, you can use the integrated diagnostic tool.

Diagnostic app

The built-in diagnostics application is primarily designed to view system resource usage, especially battery, CPU, and memory usage, as well as to run network tests. However, it also shows you your battery capacity, CPU brand and core, total RAM/memory, and your network information. These are the most important hardware specs that I think you need to know. You can access the Diagnostics app by searching for it from the app launcher or the All/Search button.

Alright, this is how you can find out the hardware specs of your Chromebook. If you know of any ways I left out, let me know in the comments below.